Family, career and interests of Shalva Mamukashvili

Shalva Mamukashvili’s life might have been different if it hadn’t been for a Rugby ball that happened to be in the hands of a five-year-old boy from Tbilisi.

Born into a family of University mathematics professors, Shalva logically should have continued the family tradition and become a teacher, but instead he became the first Georgian to play in the elite English Rugby League Premiership.

“My mother is a University Professor. She teaches mathematics and information technology. In fact, almost everyone in my family is a mathematician. And grandfathers and grandmothers and uncles and aunts all teach at the University. My younger brother works in a Bank, But he is also very good at math, “said the bearded lelos hooker.

After graduating from the school of physics and mathematics, Shalva entered the University, where he studied information technology. But a successful Rugby career interrupted his academic aspirations. When mamukashvili was 23 years old, He left Georgia and joined the English “sale sharks”, a club from the Premier League. This happened in 2014.

“Rugby is the only sport I have ever played and #2 is my first and last position in Rugby. I was always in the middle of a fight. Playing in the Premiership is a huge experience and a huge Step forward, ” recalls the 102-kilogram hooker.

From England, he moved to neighboring Scotland, where he played for the Glasgow Warriors. The next stage of Mamukashvili’s career developed in France – “Montpellier”, “Toulon”, “Carcassonne”. After returning to Georgia, a girl named TASO was born 3 years ago, and according to Him, this event radically changed his life:

Shalva Mamukashvili with his wife and daughter (C) World Rugby

“Sometimes I even forget what life was like before I became a dad. Even Rugby has changed, now I take it with more responsibility.”

His wife is a professional artist who works in the style of abstraction, and this fact has awakened in Shalva an interest in art:

“After getting married, I became interested in art,” Mamukashvili says with a smile. ” We visit exhibitions, in fact, I didn’t miss any of them. There are no favorite styles or artists, but I like the works of Salvador Dali and Vincent van Gogh. When I first saw the Dali painting in Glasgow, I stood for half an hour looking at it. This is great! My baby also likes to draw.”

Georgia is the birthplace of wine, but Mamukashvili prefers Scotch whiskey. He also enjoys hunting game: “the Sight does not seem to fail, but I am still a novice shooter.”

In 2019, before the world Cup, Shalva had a short-term contract with Enisei Krasnoyarsk. After performing in Japan at the world forum, Mamukashvili returned to his native “Kochebi”, but soon received an invitation from” Leicester tigers”, was signed a contract for a period of one year and the season 2020-2021 Georgian hooker will spend in the English Premiership.